Woolful Podcast

Episode 16: Michael Hampton and Tamara White – Vermont fiber farming and milling, Shetland sheep and overcoming fear

March 24, 2015

I’m very excited to share the sixteenth episode of the Woolful podcast. Today we get to meet two very enthusiastic fiber folks from Vermont, both of whom have had quite the journey to where they are today…Michael Hampton of Hampton Fiber Mill and Tamara White of Wing and a Prayer Farm.

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Sponsor: This episode is sponsored by Taproot Magazine, a quarterly print magazine full of delightful stories and photos written by and for people living fuller and digging deeper. Each issue is created around a subtle theme, featuring amazing recipes, crafts, and tales, all with the intention of inspiring people who are interested in deepening their connections to their families, communities, and themselves as they strive to live locally and closer to the ground. You can visit Taproot Magazine online at Taprootmag.com and on Instagram @taprootmag.

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Fiber folk 1: Michael is a passionate knitter, spinner, and fiber mill entrepreneur. He’s been on an exciting journey from engineer to now building and operating a fiber mill in Richmond, Vermont where he mills a very exhaustive list of wools and fibers, including our second guest Tamara’s beautiful yarn. His enthusiasm and excitement for fiber and helping bring something back to this community and industry is a really wonderful thing. You can find him at Hamptonfibermill.com and on Instagram @hamptonfibermill.

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For this week’s “Man on the Street” I asked a handful of fiber enthusiasts to answer a question, shared by Samantha in our Raverly group. “Is there a project that inspired you to improve your skills?” We had some amazing replies from Nikki @woolenviolet and Leanne @leannecoppola.

Fiber folk 2: Our next guest, Tamara is a gem among farmers, fiber folks and friends. We were lucky enough to have her and her daughters SJ and Char, stay for a visit last week at our home. Our time together was filled with laughter, good food, Vermont maple syrup and plenty of farm stories and it was great to be able to talk and record our chat in person as we all sat on the living room floor. She is a true testament of strength, compassion and her love of fiber farming and her animals is infectious. You can find her at wingandaprayerfarm.com and on Instagram @wingandaprayerfarm.

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The winner of last week’s giveaway, is Jessica from Mittens and Mason Jars! You’ve won 5 skeins of the Westcountry Tweed yarn from Blacker Yarns. Congratulations!

This week’s giveaway is sponsored by Taproot Magazine, and we’re giving away a two year subscription to this wonderful publication that brings so much to this community. To enter this giveaway, leave a comment below.

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We’ve got an exciting shop update this week. Tamara, our second guest has worked very hard to create some beautiful yarns, all carefully and skillfully milled by our first guest Michael. Her latest yarns include a bulky white Shetland and Mohair blend, and two aran weight yarns, a warm brownish grey Shetland and Mohair, and a dark rich grey Merino, Shetland and Mohair. You can now find all three yarns exclusively in the Woolful Mercantile and woolfulmercantile.com

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Music by Jónsi

Transcription to follow shortly…

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160 Comments

  • Reply inês g. March 24, 2015 at 3:32 am

    Can’t wait to listen to this one on my run today!

    • Reply kelsey sylvia March 24, 2015 at 8:38 pm

      This was an endearing podcast for me as a former vermont shepherdess and woolen mill worker.Both journeys kept us informed and engaged and the joyfilled spirit captivated all.Your questions were important and indepth giving all new information of fibermill LIFE.Tamaras love of her animals shone forth and her pragmatic sense of a utilitarian farm showed management maturity.Thank you for yet another gift from Woolful.

  • Reply Julie March 24, 2015 at 4:21 am

    Oh, I love taproot! I met some of them at common ground fair (in Maine) last year and they were wonderful.

  • Reply Margaret March 24, 2015 at 4:46 am

    I’ve been following Tamara on Instagram for a good while now. So excited to see her yarns in your shop and can’t wait to listen to the podcast!

  • Reply Naomi March 24, 2015 at 4:51 am

    You have been able to interview so many wonderful guests. Thank you.

  • Reply Katie March 24, 2015 at 6:10 am

    This is how i start every Tuesday morning! Thanks for all that you do!

  • Reply Coco March 24, 2015 at 6:23 am

    Loved this episode and hearing from some of Vermont’s most thoughtful fiber enthusiasts! The Wing & A Prayer Farm gals are gems.

  • Reply Regina Casner March 24, 2015 at 6:44 am

    Thank you for these weekly pod casts! I don’t think I will ever own a mill, or even my own sheep – but I love learning about the process, and especially the people that make it possible to purchase amazing yarn to knit with.

  • Reply Hannah Jeanne March 24, 2015 at 6:45 am

    I have been meaning to check out taproot magazine. It looks lovely!

  • Reply Rowena March 24, 2015 at 6:47 am

    I just love your podcast and enjoy learning about people who are doing wonderful fiber related things. Thanks so much for sharing all of that with us.

  • Reply Sara March 24, 2015 at 6:55 am

    Lovely podcast as alvays!

  • Reply Kristie Statuto March 24, 2015 at 7:00 am

    So excited to listen to this later on tonight! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Susan March 24, 2015 at 7:44 am

    Been really wanting to check out taproot

  • Reply Brenda March 24, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Love your podcasts so much!! Keep them coming!

  • Reply Patty Gnass March 24, 2015 at 9:22 am

    Wonderful.

  • Reply melody March 24, 2015 at 9:30 am

    That would be wonderful to renew my taproot subscription!!

  • Reply Savannagal March 24, 2015 at 9:33 am

    I would love to win the subscription. I tried to find the magazine a couple months ago because there was a cute cardigan pattern in it. Alas, it was nowhere to be found near me. I called Barnes & Noble and they hadn’t even heard of it. It would be great to see it in some local venues.

  • Reply Char Jennings March 24, 2015 at 9:34 am

    I once had three sheep, 2 suffolks and a cheviot, and a spinning wheel. I regret not making better use of the wool and the wheel :-(. I took a class in spinning but never quite got the hang of it. Plus, raising kids, going to work, and just plain life got in the way. Now that I am looking toward retirement, I hope I can at least try to get back on the wheel. These interviews uplift me and give me hope. Have been knitting since age 12.

  • Reply Tonya March 24, 2015 at 10:43 am

    Ahhh! So excited to hear from two fellow Vermonters.
    Thank you for doing these amazing podcasts.

  • Reply Kim March 24, 2015 at 11:03 am

    another great podcast! I am a big fan of taproot too!

  • Reply Brittany March 24, 2015 at 11:06 am

    Another lovely podcast! Dreaming of sheep!

  • Reply Britney March 24, 2015 at 11:19 am

    So Excited to have another podcast to listen to! Look forward to these each week!

  • Reply Nancy March 24, 2015 at 11:55 am

    Enjoyed the podcast! Michael’s enthusiasm is contagious – fun interview!

  • Reply Marisa March 24, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Fantastic podcast this week with your two awesome fiber folks. I have been following Tamara’s farm on Instagram for awhile, and it was great to hear her and her girls talk about their animals. So much love and passion for their livestock.
    I was walking past my local bookstore yesterday and was thrilled to see Taproot showcased in the window! Song is the first issue that I have read, and needless to say I am hooked! Glad to see that they are now a sponsor of woolful.
    Thanks for all you do!

  • Reply Kate Insley March 24, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    Listening while the girls play and do laundry! Can’t wait to be inspired this week!! I have a question that maybe could be a “man on the street” question: I am a lover of knitting, but I also have a tight budget. How do you transfer from scratchy acrylic that is extremely affordable to gorgeous, soft and dreamy wool/natural fiber without breaking the bank?! I would love to hear any advice or tips 🙂

  • Reply Juli March 24, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    Learning so much listening to your podcasts! Thanks to you and everyone you introduce us to.

  • Reply Cady March 24, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    Started the episode on my drive in this morning and plan to finish it on the way home!

  • Reply Jannis March 24, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    Always interested in a new craft magazine!

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    I love how positive your podcast is!

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    A new magazine! What luxury!

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    I want to thank you for all those amazing podcasts, I’ve learned so much with them.. It’s now a wonderful moment to listen , even from France! Thank you again.

  • Reply lelizonbleu March 24, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    I want to thank you for all those amazing podcasts, I’ve learned so much with them.. It’s now a wonderful moment to listen , even from France! Thank you again for all.

  • Reply Rain March 24, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    I wasn’t able to renew my Taproot subscription this year, so would LOVE to win. Thank you!! 🙂

  • Reply Dana (DanaRae19 on Ravelry) March 24, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    Your podcasts always make me feel more connected to the beginnings and basics of knitting,Ii love that! Thank you for the chance to win a lovely gift, Taproot is wonderful. 🙂

  • Reply Gracieanne March 24, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    Loved today’s podcast and LOVE Taproot!

  • Reply Susan March 24, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    This is the first time in many weeks I won’t be able to listen to the new podcast the day that it’s released! Looks like another interesting conversation — would still love to be entered into the draw!

  • Reply Christina March 24, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    Love Taproot! I gifted my mum with a subscription last November for her birthday. Would love to have my own copies!

  • Reply hd March 24, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    Fantastic podcast–thanks!

  • Reply Lori March 24, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    I loved today’s episode. It was great how you told the story of the mill, then of a shepherdess who takes her wool to that mill. I also want to learn more about fermentation.

  • Reply Kathy McKibben March 24, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    I love hearing about mills. And I loved hearing the “bad” animal husbandry stories. All sheep should live on a wing and a prayer farm!

  • Reply Hillary March 24, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    oh my goodness. taproot magazine looks fantastic.

  • Reply Cindy March 24, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    I just discovered your podcast….I love it, thank you! I live near some of the mills, so I need a road trip.

  • Reply Traci March 24, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    Oh it’s too late tonight to listen so it will have to wait till’ tomorrow. Dang. My collection of Taproot has a special shelf in my work room. I’m just starting my first sweater ever using the barn sweater pattern. I thrifted 10 skeins of a pretty light grey with missing labels and I’m using it as if it were muslin, is this dumb.

  • Reply Taralynn Dixon March 24, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    My family would adore this! Thank you for the opportunity!

  • Reply Camanoah March 24, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    Lovely podcast, yet again. I would love to try Taproot. It sounds like a magazine that is just up my alley. Thanks.

  • Reply Anya March 24, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    I have subscribed to Taproot since the first issue– wonderful magazine, and a perfect fit for your podcast. 🙂

  • Reply Irene Jackson March 25, 2015 at 12:14 am

    Hi, I thoroughly enjoy listening to your podcasts as you always manage to find such interesting people to talk to.

  • Reply Kimbuktu7 March 25, 2015 at 1:15 am

    I thoroughly enjoyed this episode, and learned interesting things as usual. Thanks for the opportunity to win a Taproots subscription.

  • Reply Jenny Depa-Karl March 25, 2015 at 3:03 am

    I have a bit of catch-up to do listening to each and every incredible podcasts! Love meeting the fiber/farm community and sharing the passion of fiber lov’n!

    I also subscribe to Taproot! We all share a common thread! Perfect!

    Keep up the good work!!

  • Reply Alison Collins March 25, 2015 at 3:49 am

    Loved hearing the stories about Tamara and her daughters interaction with their animals:-) Another fabulous podcast!

  • Reply DianeDH March 25, 2015 at 5:17 am

    The podcasts are wonderful and I hope that they spur even more support for local business.

  • Reply DeeM March 25, 2015 at 5:37 am

    I have read so many blogs mentioning Taproot magazine and I would love to be able to finally read an issue.

  • Reply T Bullock March 25, 2015 at 6:43 am

    Love this podcast! Keep up the good work. Taproot magazine is a favorite of mine.

  • Reply Dyanne March 25, 2015 at 7:48 am

    Lovely podcast as usual. Makes me kind of sad that I didn’t come to my love of fiber until later in my life. How much I could have accomplished if I were younger. I love hearing more and more about folks producing real wool as opposed to the over processed mass produced yarn that hardly resembles the animal it came from. Keep up the good work and follow your dreams!

  • Reply Astrid afKlinteberg March 25, 2015 at 9:26 am

    Such a great episode. Michael always gives a good interview.

  • Reply Lily March 25, 2015 at 9:52 am

    About to start listening to the podcast and excited about the giveaway this week. Wonderful to be introduced to so many new things!

  • Reply Ethel March 25, 2015 at 10:07 am

    Wonderful podcast

  • Reply Renee March 25, 2015 at 11:54 am

    Another wonderful podcast. Interesting content and guests.

  • Reply Sarah March 25, 2015 at 11:57 am

    So exciting! I love Taproot!

  • Reply Emma March 25, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    As usual, Woolful as has left me amazingly inspired!

  • Reply Chelsea Berkompas March 25, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    Oh I just LOVE the enthusiasm of this episode! So inspiring!

    • Reply Charlaine March 25, 2015 at 6:21 pm

      I would love you podcast, I learn so much from each of the episodes. Taproot sounds like a wonderful magazine.

  • Reply Lydia March 25, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    Another lovely episode, thank you!

  • Reply Marguerite Leahy March 25, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    I absolutely loved this episode. I will have to listen to it again I think. Just beautiful.

  • Reply Jenny Berman March 25, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    It’s such a treat each week to “meet” such lovely people. Thanks for bringing them into my life this way!

  • Reply Tanja March 25, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    I’ve really enjoyed the interview with Tamara. I’ve been in a similar position of people asking me to take on more sheep, alpacas, horses even camels! But I have only 9 acres so I have to be quite selective, and only take animals who add variety to my “Fibre Stash Paddock”.

    Some encouragement to Tamara – a farmer near me plans to retire in 2016. Her reason: she’ll be 90 then, and thinks it might be time to move into her nearest town and slow down a little. She has helpers on the farm but is still in charge of the sheep business. 70 sounds quite a reasonable age to still be farming. 🙂

  • Reply DaAnn March 25, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    I really enjoyed this episode – I haven’t had any idea about how a fiber mill is run, and I loved hearing about Tamara’s sheep and alpacas! I have seen Taproot mentioned on several blogs, but haven’t yet had a chance to enjoy it.

  • Reply lesley lyon March 26, 2015 at 2:15 am

    I ordered two back issues of Taproot on line. It is a beautiful magazine. I took one to knitting group at my Lys and they enjoyed it. Would love a subscription.

  • Reply Julia March 26, 2015 at 4:16 am

    I have been wanting to pick up this magazine. Thank for the offer!

  • Reply Madeleine Fidler March 26, 2015 at 7:06 am

    Another amazing episode Ashley! You’re killin it!

  • Reply Karen Latuchie March 26, 2015 at 9:12 am

    I love listening to your podcast! It’s been wonderful to dig deeper into the craft of knitting and to understand where the yarn I use originates. You’ve opened my eyes and answered questions I didn’t even know I had! Thank you!

  • Reply Terri March 26, 2015 at 9:44 am

    Once again a wonderful episode! I always wanted to live on a farm with livestock. And I married a guy with a similar dream… unfortunately, his health has gotten in the way. I wouldn’t want to try to take care of livestock and him both. But it was lovely to hear her stories.

  • Reply Susan March 26, 2015 at 10:02 am

    Thank you again for a great podcast. I have not heard of taproot, sounds very interesting. Off to sley my loom!

  • Reply Susan March 26, 2015 at 11:27 am

    I just finished listening and I was crying and laughing…………what a wonderful story. Thank you!!

  • Reply Karli Withee March 26, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    I have never read this magazine but I am always so curious about it whenever I see it in online yarn shops.

  • Reply Aly March 26, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    I truly enjoy listening to the podcasts on my way to and from work. It has brought such a breath of fresh air to my life and even though I have not found a fiber community in my area, I feel like I connect with the fiber podcast community. I love Taproot magazine! Perhaps I will find myself following my dreams of getting back to visit Vermont, or even live there.

  • Reply Josh March 26, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    So many nice and interesting people you have on your podcast! I love it. And Taproot is great.

  • Reply Carol March 26, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    Just discovered this podcast a couple weeks ago and it’s perfect. Thank you for what you do!

  • Reply Doreen MacL March 27, 2015 at 12:08 am

    A fun and interesting podcast, thank you again. Your very enthusiastic guests made me laugh eg about the “sheeple”. Taproot magazine looks interesting too. Thanks for the chance.

  • Reply DavidA March 27, 2015 at 5:10 am

    This was a fantastic and fascinating episode. It was great to listen to Michael talk about his mill.

  • Reply Jill March 27, 2015 at 5:22 am

    Thanks again for another great episode! It’s a highlight of my week!

  • Reply Allison March 27, 2015 at 7:59 am

    I would love to win a subscription to Taproot! What a treat. Thanks for the wonderful podcast!

  • Reply Hope Hawley March 27, 2015 at 8:05 am

    I’ve been loving Woolful podcast!! I make salves and love creating with my hands. I knit in any extra time I have after being a mom, making salves, working, and practicing banjo! Thanks for everything you do!

  • Reply Megan Myers March 27, 2015 at 8:14 am

    This has quickly become a must-listen podcast for me! Loved hearing tamara’s stories, even though it’s a world away from my life in DC.

  • Reply Mary Claire March 27, 2015 at 8:44 am

    I so enjoyed Michael’s happy and funny personality! He was a joy to listen to. I am learning a lot from these podcasts; thank you!

  • Reply Mimi March 27, 2015 at 9:52 am

    I’m new to this podcast and just catching up on back episodes. Love the idea of it, and it’s so interesting to hear about all these great artists and their lives. Thanks for doing the podcast! mimifan on rav

  • Reply Elise March 27, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Great episode (as always)! Your two guests are so enthusiastic… so inspiring. Thanks!

  • Reply Hillary March 27, 2015 at 10:04 am

    I greatly enjoy your podcast as I learn so many new things with each listen. I found it interesting that Michael uses a bit of dishwashing liquid as part of his scouring mix. I’ve always used a ‘sensitive skin’ (ie no dyes or perfumes) dishwashing liquid to block my knitting with, rather then something fancier, and have found that it works great.

  • Reply Sherry March 27, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    I LOVED this podcast! Thank you! I have always wanted to try Taproot.

  • Reply Katie March 27, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    Taproot looks awesome! Thanks for the thought provoking and inspiring podcast.

  • Reply Gaby March 28, 2015 at 5:54 am

    I’ve read blogs on Taproot and just love it. I would love to win a subscription to the magazine.
    Thank you for the chance to win.
    Just found your blog and podcast and loving it, very informative.

  • Reply Katie Emma March 28, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    I loved this episode! I’m enjoying the podcasts with a connection between the two interviews. And I loved Michael’s enthusiasm for his work; it was refreshing 🙂

  • Reply Sydney March 28, 2015 at 11:11 pm

    Suuch great stories. Tamara’s love for her animals made me feel like my life will not be complete without some of my own.

  • Reply Lily March 29, 2015 at 4:16 am

    What a phenomenal podcast. I am delighted every time a new one appears, and even though my family aren’t fiber folk, they love to listen to it in the car. Thank you!

  • Reply Eimear March 29, 2015 at 5:14 am

    I’m so glad to have found this podcast! Now I want to own a fibre farm some day 🙂

  • Reply Sarah March 29, 2015 at 5:28 am

    love your podcast, and now I’ll have to check out Taproot as well!

  • Reply Megan March 29, 2015 at 5:38 am

    As a Vermonter, I am so thrilled to hear this podcast!

  • Reply Clara March 29, 2015 at 9:53 am

    I enjoyed this podcast and it’s lovely lovely guests a lot!
    thank you 🙂

  • Reply Janet March 29, 2015 at 10:07 am

    Listening to your podcasts makes my 3 hour commute infinitely more enjoyable. Thank you!

  • Reply Emily Boyd March 29, 2015 at 11:21 am

    I love hearing from New Englanders as I am from Maine.

  • Reply Katrina March 29, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    I love it when enthusiasm just shines through like this! This was the most fun yet. Also, Taproot looks amazing!

  • Reply Lisa March 29, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    Thank you for another great podcast. I love hearing about the life experiences of so many artists and artisans.

  • Reply Kristin March 30, 2015 at 3:59 am

    I love Taproot magazine! I’m looking forward to listening to this episode.

  • Reply Karin March 30, 2015 at 5:43 am

    Would love to receive Taproot! What a great giveaway!

  • Reply Chris Riley March 30, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    I just starting listening to your podcast, every week Tuesday morning. Love the insight into cottage fiber business.

  • Reply Tricia March 30, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    One of the most inspiring episodes yet! I loved your guests this week and am growing more wool obsessed. Thank you!

  • Reply Jo March 30, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    Just can’t get enough of your wonderful podcast! People sharing wisdom, inspiration and passion for fibre. Love it! xx

  • Reply Doña March 30, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    I’m so glad I found your podcast recently – I love listening! And Taproot is my favorite magazine – what a great combo!

  • Reply Holly B. March 30, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    As a brand new knitter I am just loving your podcasts and getting to meet such fascinating folks so deeply involved in the fiber making, yarn loving, sheep raising communities! It’s a whole new world to me and I love it! And Taproot is my favorite magazine! I would just be thrilled to win a subscription!

  • Reply Amy Higgins Stambaugh March 30, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    This week was especially inspiring to me as I continue my search for a mill for my upcoming yarn adventure! Michael’s generosity and enthusiasm was truly appreciated. I also loved Tamara’s infectious excitement about her adventures in fiber farming!

  • Reply Barbara March 30, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    I really loved this podcast! I’d love to win the subscription.

  • Reply Clare March 30, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    Thank you for such a wonderful and inspiring podcast. Each week I love tuning in. I find Woolful so grounding, it is a faithful reminder of what we have in the fibre community. I have needed this more than ever recently, and am always grateful for your episodes each week.

  • Reply Maria March 30, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    Taproot is such a great magazine! A free two year subscription would be awesome!

  • Reply Lolita Blahnik March 30, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    Love your podcasts and love Taproot!

  • Reply kalimawitch March 30, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    Amazing podcast!

  • Reply Cate March 30, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    I love Taproot! A subscription is definitely on my wish list. Thanks so much for this an all episodes, I’ve learned so much from you and the wonderful people you interview!

  • Reply Rachel Barnes March 30, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    To finally be able to hear Tammy’s precious story after ordering her farm yarn, emailing with her and following her IG, was coming full circle. How wonderful to be able to spend time with her!

  • Reply Heather March 30, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    I am fascinated by stories of people pursuing their deepest passions. Your podcast allows weekly insights to other paths and other worlds that motivate me in my own. Thank you! A subscription to Taproot would be icing on a rich cake.

  • Reply Claire March 30, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    Another delightful episode. Loved hearing from Michael and Tamara. “Just do it” 🙂

  • Reply Kate F. March 30, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    So, so good! Love how happy and excited this podcast makes me.

  • Reply Wendy March 30, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    Two years of Taproot would be fantastic!

  • Reply Alison March 30, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    Would love to try Taproot. Your podcast adds so much to my fiber journey. Thx!

  • Reply Shauna March 30, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    Wonderful podcasts, I just found you recently and am enjoying them immensely!

  • Reply Mackenzie March 30, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    Loved hearing about the innerworking of a mill!

  • Reply Lori March 30, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    Lovely podcast with great info wrapped into great stories!

  • Reply Alex March 30, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    Loved this episode, both guess were so affable and endearing 🙂

  • Reply Kat Chapman March 30, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    I’ve been with Taproot since the beginning and am so excited to see it thriving! Thank you for the giveaway.

  • Reply Zoe March 30, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    I love that your podcast has made connections between a passion for wool/knitting and a whole world of conscious consuming and living. Thanks for interviewing such a great group of people!

  • Reply Trish March 30, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    I love Taproot and I reeaalllly want to move to Vermont!!

  • Reply Shay r March 30, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    I’m both a male knitter and a native Vermonter! Great to hear of these wonderful things happening back close to my home town! Thanks for allowing me to take a little vacation from the Bay Area back to where I come from!

  • Reply emilie March 30, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    Oh my god ! I absolutely looove Taproot !

  • Reply Kathryn March 30, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    What a generous giveaway!

  • Reply Rebekah March 30, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    Loved. This. Episode. And I love that so many men are featured on this series. More men need to be interested in fiber arts.

  • Reply Kimberley Buergel March 30, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    Another wonderful podcast!!

  • Reply Kira March 30, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    Excellent episode and wonderful give away!

  • Reply Andrea March 30, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    I love the homegrown and handmade inspiration that Woolful and Taproot provide!

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    Would love to win as I have been interested in this magazine. Thanks for such a fun podcast!

  • Reply Michele March 30, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    Taproot rocks!

  • Reply Erika March 30, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    Your podcast has helped me get through long hours of my day job. I need the distraction and love learning while I do it until I can get home to knit draw and make pottery- so thank you! I am now filled with so much knowledge and even more appreciation of the world of fiber 🙂 Keep it up!

  • Reply Ruthie Shepherd March 30, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    Loved this episode!!

  • Reply Anna March 30, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    I really love your podcasts, which are constantly deepening my love for small-farm fibres. I also love Taproot but wasn’t able to afford a subscription this year – would love to win the giveaway! Thank you for all you do.

  • Reply Julia Bunch March 30, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    I love this podcast! Thank you for all that you’re doing to share your guests’ stories with the fiber community 🙂

  • Reply Jen March 30, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    Busy lambing and shearing. I hope to catch up with your podcast AND my latest Taproot soooon. Babies are cute, but man am I tired. 🙂

  • Reply Laurie Dimino March 30, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    Wow, recently discovered your feed on IG and love it! Huge fan of Taproot magazine, and would absolutely LOVE to be lucky enough to win a 2 year subscription!!! Thanks for the opportunity , and for bringing beauty into my life through your amazing story and posts! Huge fan (even though I don’t know How to knit, and can on,y do basic crochet)

  • Reply Tiffany Dean March 30, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    Amazing podcast as always. I really look forward to listening and re-listening to them. Keep up the great work ❤️

  • Reply Ashley T. March 30, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    I’ve been enjoying your podcasts so much! And, of course, I’d love to win a subscription to Taproot!

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    I love woolful and would love a subscription to Taproot!

  • Reply Eowyn March 30, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    Another inspiring episode! It’s so wonderful to listen to people talk about their passions.

  • Reply Jenifer March 30, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    Taproot would be wonderful to receive! From your podcast, I asked every vendor at the DFW FIBERFEST where their base fiber came from. While I was dismayed at how many didn’t even know, I found some wonderful outlets for US and small farm fiber. Thanks for opening my eyes.

  • Reply Erin March 30, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    Love Taproot – it’s a beautiful magazine with a lot of interesting articles!

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    Oh, I only just realized. Yes, please!

  • Reply Cyrena March 30, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    I am currently obsessively listening to all your past podcasts, currently on 9. At work today, I caught myself trying to figure out if I could listen and still somehow concentrate on my work. Keep up the good work!

  • Reply Michelle March 31, 2015 at 1:04 am

    Super, thanks! Your podcasts are great and a beautiful blog. Cheers!

  • Reply Luna Grey Fiber Arts April 1, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    Love this podcast episode. Thank you for hosting this fun giveaway : )

  • Reply diane April 3, 2015 at 12:15 am

    Always wanted to read taproot magazine, love the graphics

  • Reply Leslie Eaton April 5, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    Happy Easter, everyone! …just finished listening to this episode…LOVED it! Their personalities, stories, and enthusiasm were such fun! …thanks for bringing their stories to us via such a positive and inspiring format!

  • Reply Liesl April 9, 2015 at 11:53 am

    I love these bento bags – I have one already that I use for knitting projects, but I’d love to see what else I’d use the various sizes for.

  • Reply The Woolful Podcast | now I knit May 30, 2015 at 6:31 am

    […] episodes – there are only maybe 3 that I haven’t listened to. My favorite episode is Episode 16: Vermont fiber farming and milling, Shetland sheep and overcoming fear. I love Michael Hampton’s story and candor about his fiber mill. I love that he was once an […]

  • Reply 52 Weeks of Wool: Cotswold - Woolful January 15, 2016 at 10:47 am

    […] Tamara White of Wing and Prayer Farm is a fiber farmer in Vermont and also happens to be one of my closest friends and greatest encouragers so it seemed only fitting I kick off this project with some wool near and dear. Anyone who knows Tammy, knows her huge heart for both human and animal and everything in between. The amount of things this woman accomplishes in a day blows my mind and when I wonder how I’m going to get it all done I think of her and know it’s possible. Between a pie baking business, a full-time farm (Sheep, llamas, alpacas, horses, a pony, chickens, turkeys, peacocks, goats, a pig, donkeys, dogs, cats), yarn making, workshops and retreats, this woman is a machine. Her fiber flock consists of Cotswold, Cormo, Shetland, Corriedale, Merino, Mohair and Alpaca. She sent me a bag of her fluffy Cotswold, a wool I had not yet worked with which made it all the more exciting. […]

  • Reply Episode 50: Mary Jane Mucklestone - Oscar de la Renta, Fair Isle and Scandinavian colorwork, Andean knitting and grand Shetland adventures - Woolful March 2, 2016 at 4:16 pm

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